WOW BIG NEWS! Early on this year, it was reported that Marvel and Taika Waititi had a role being offered to Christian Bale for a role in Thor: Love and Thunder. Tessa Thompson later let slip that Bale was cast as the film’s villain. With this, fans quickly began debating which member of Thor’s rogues gallery he would bring to life. But during Marvel’s Disney Investor Day presentation, Kevin Feige revealed his character’s identity. Bale will battle Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder as Gorr the God Butcher when the sequel arrives in 2022.
Writers Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic introduced Gorr in their first storyline for Marvel’s Thor series in 2013. He was raised on a nameless planet and, after experiencing the loss of his wife and children, was exiled by his people after declaring that there were no gods. When he discovered that gods did exist, he sought vengeance against them for failing to protect his family.
Gorr isn’t the only character from Aaron’s Thor run who will make an appearance in Love and Thunder. Natalie Portman is also coming back to the franchise as Jane Foster, who will wield Mjolnir herself as the female version of Thor.
Thor: Love and Thunder marks Bale’s return to the superhero genre after The Dark Knight Rises closed out his Batman tenure in 2012. The movie’s cast is also rumored to have Chris Pratt reprising his role as Peter Quill/Star-Lord from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy films. However, this is still unconfirmed.
Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on May 6, 2022.